DOST launches new science bus to entice STEM students’ interests

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DOST launches new science bus to entice STEM students’ interests
DOST-SEI has launched its new science bus, nuLab, which targets to entice the interest of senior high school students to take STEM courses in college.

The Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) has launched its new science bus, nuLab, which targets to entice the interest of senior high school students in various science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. 

NuLab is DOST-SEI’s second science bus for Filipino learners, following the successful 2010 Science Explorer, which has been serving around 32, 000 elementary and high school students from more than 100 municipalities all over the country. 

Nanotechnology, aerospace, robotics, and oceanography are some of the wide-ranging topics featured in the mobile learning facility. The bus can accommodate 24 students in one session and may hold two sessions each day, which will be led by experts from different fields. 

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Inside look of DOST’s nuLab science bus for STEM students. Image Source: www.sei.dost.gov.ph

The modules are specifically designed to help students discover their capabilities in the various STEM fields. This would also encourage them to take science courses in college where they could apply for DOST-SEI Undergraduate Scholarships, the agency’s flagship program. 

DOST-SEI Director, Dr. Josette Biyo hopes that nuLab would be successful as the Science Explorer in reaching out the target beneficiaries. The modern science bus will welcome senior high school students from various Metro Manila schools at the National Science and Technology Week in Pasay City on Wednesday.

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DOST Brand Ambassador, Chris Tiu, checks out the nuLab bus during its launch at the 2019 National Science and Technology Week (NSTW). Image Source: www.sei.dost.gov.ph

The bus will also implement road trips in Ilocos Norte on September 17, in Iloilo on October 21-14, and Bontoc, Mt. Province on November 18-22. 

DOST Sec. Fortunato T. de la Peña pushed to widen their reach and get scholars from remote areas in the country with this project. 

The agency hopes to provide every young Filipino the access and opportunity to experience various advanced learning tools in the field of science and technology. 

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